28 Jun '16, 10pm

We are totally into the idea of a 3D printed house. Would you live there?

We are totally into the idea of a 3D printed house. Would you live there?

[Alex Le Roux] want to 3D print houses. Rather than all the trouble we go through now, the contractor would make a foundation, set-up the 3D printer, feed it concrete, and go to lunch. It’s by no means the first concrete printer we’ve covered , but the progress he’s made is really interesting. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s claimed to make the first livable structure in the United States. We’re not qualified to verify that statement, maybe a reader can help out, but that’s pretty cool! The printer is a very scaled gantry system. To avoid having an extremely heavy frame, the eventual design assumes that the concrete will be pumped up to the extruder; for now he is just shoveling it into a funnel as the printer needs it. The extruder appears to be auger based, pushing concrete out of a nozzle. The gantry contains the X and Z. It rides on rails pinned to the ground which func...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/06/28/one-mans-journey-to-build-...

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